February 10, 2010

Zip-up Earbuds

Filed under: Projects, Tutorials — Tags: , , , , , — laupre @ 1:29 pm

I love to have my music with me everywhere I go, but I hate the tangled mess my wires become when I toss them in my bag or pocket. Last night I whipped up a fun and functional solution by adding a zipper to my earbuds.

This project took me around an hour to do (perfect for catching up on some t.v. from The supplies are few; basic sewing supplies, a pair of headphones, and a nice long zipper. I happened to have this crazy purple and gold nike zipper I found thrifting a while ago, it seemed perfect for this project.

The first step is to pull the earbuds apart, to separate the wires all the way down to the plug.

Next, take one side of your headphones and one side of the zipper tape and start stitching the wire into the tape. Simply fold the outside edge of the tape under to the wrong side (enclosing the wire) and use a running stitch to hold it in place. A little bit of glue could be used at the top to attach the end of the zipper to the earbud, but I found that it wasn’t necessary for me.

It’s as easy as that! Zipped up, I can toss them into my bag or pocket without worrying about tangles or having them get caught on something and breaking.

Then unzip them to the length I want and put them on so much faster than having to untangle the mess!



  1. That is genius. Seriously.

    Comment by Tracy — February 11, 2010 @ 7:24 am

  2. That is bloody brilliant. I’m totally stealing this idea 🙂

    Comment by Rona — February 11, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

  3. Words cannot express how amazing I think this idea is! Now I just need to find a nice long zip so I can do this with mine.

    Comment by Rachel — February 17, 2010 @ 5:40 am

  4. Such a cool idea, I love it!

    Comment by Ginny — February 20, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  5. Wow, you are so creative! Absolutely brilliant idea! I bought some retractable earphones so that I wouldn’t have the tangled mess, but even that gave me problems because it stopped retracting properly. This is so awesome! Thanks!

    Comment by Ingrid — February 24, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

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